Artists sought to create key piece for Daventry

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AN ARTIST is being sought to create a unique and inspiring piece to stand at one of the gateways to Daventry town centre.

Public artwork will be installed on a roundabout in Daventry this year as part of the Abbey Retail park development.

The retail park was built in 2009 and one of the planning obligations required the developers Ashford Developments to provide £10,000 of funding to Daventry District Council for a piece of art to be installed on the A425 South Way/Abbey Street roundabout.

The roundabout is a gateway to the town centre and also leads to the retail park and the Daventry District Council is currently asking artists to submit their ideas for the work, which will ideally be inspired by something of historical relevance to the town.

Once the ideas have been submitted a public consultation will then be held for people to choose which artwork they would like to see the most on the roundabout.

An additional grant of up to £5,000 is also being sought from the Arts Council to top up the available funds for the project.

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at DDC, said: “This funding has been given to us by the developers of the Abbey Retail Park as one of the original planning obligations to create a piece of artwork on the South Way roundabout near McDonalds.

“The money is ring-fenced to be used for that purpose and we are also applying to the Arts Council for a £5,000 grant towards the total cost, and are now asking artists to submit their exciting ideas to create a unique piece of art in the town.”

Artists have until Friday, June 28, to tender their ideas and any artists that want more information can contact Katie Arnold at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100, email karnold@daventrydc.gov.uk or visit www.sourcenorthamptonshire.co.uk.